ABTA Director

Barath Harithas Director ABTA Southeast Asia

Barath Harithas

Director Asia Business Trade Association (ABTA)

Barath began his career in the Foreign Service where he served on the US Desk, managing bilateral relations with Singapore’s largest strategic partner, through to the watershed 2016 Presidential Elections.

He subsequently moved to the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he was part of the Policy Team for the landmark Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the largest FTA signed to-date, during which he coordinated its strategy across its 23 Chapters while steering it to its successful conclusion, ratification and implementation.

Barath was also a Lead Negotiator for the Pacific Alliance-Singapore and Eurasian Economic Union-Singapore FTAs and part of a select Inter-Ministry team to study and prepare for the potential fallout from the ongoing US-China trade war.

Barath has a B.A. in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.